Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

Ragdoll is the debut crime novel of Daniel Cole. It is a spellbinding, suspenseful look at a serial killer.

Cole’s story revolves around a controversial detective, William Fawkes, as he along with other detectives try to solve a mystery. The mystery surrounds a body, which is composed of the dismembered parts of six victims that are sewn together – the “Ragdoll.”

The novel is a dark and brooding work. Fawkes is not a likeable character – his rude and abrasive personality is grating and he is a little nuts. But, like many flawed detectives in novels, he is a genius at solving crimes. His doggedness in pursuing leads and thinking theories through explain why he is so successful.

Cole writes in a clear and brutal fashion. The injuries to the victims are vivid, but not overly so. Cole provides enough detail to give the reader a good handle of events and the personalities of the various characters.

The plot is engaging and keeps you guessing through most of the book. Cole uses trainee homicide detective Alex Edmunds wonderfully in unraveling the mystery of the killer.

A good and easy read.

 

Ragdoll Book Cover Ragdoll
Daniel Cole
Fiction
Ecco
April 4, 2017
256

One body. Six victims. William Fawkes, a controversial detective known as The Wolf, has just been reinstated to his post after months of psychological assessment following allegations of a shocking assault. A veteran of the force, Fawkes thinks he’s seen it all. That is, until his former partner and friend, Detective Emily Baxter, calls him to a crime scene and leads him to a career-defining cadaver: the dismembered parts of six victims sewn together like a puppet—a corpse that becomes known in the press as the “ragdoll.” Fawkes is tasked with identifying the six victims, but that gets dicey when his reporter ex-wife anonymously receives photographs from the crime scene, along with a list of six names, and the dates on which the Ragdoll Killer plans to murder them. The final name on the list is Fawkes. Baxter and her trainee partner, Alex Edmunds, hone in on figuring out what links the victims together before the killer strikes again. But for Fawkes, seeing his name on the list sparks a dark memory, and he fears that the catalyst for these killings has more to do with him—and his past—than anyone realizes. With a breakneck pace, a twisty plot, and a wicked sense of humor, RAGDOLL announces the arrival of the hottest new brand in crime fiction.

About the author

Jeff Grim

Jeff Grim has been a reader all of his life. He has had a particular interest in military history, any war at any time. His fascination with military history has brought him to an interest in historical fiction where the history comes alive with fictitious heroes and villains. Recently, Jeff has become interested in historical mysteries set in various time periods.

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